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#1 FGCU (27-5, 18-0 A-SUN) vs. #2 Stetson (23-8, 14-4 A-SUN)
Date: Saturday, March 9, 2013
Time: 5:30 p.m.
City: Macon, Ga.
Site: Hawkins Arena (3,200)
Live Stats: AtlanticSun.org
TV: CSS, ASun.TV, ESPN3, WatchESPN app
Talent: Paul Crane & Dee Romine
Live Audio: FGCUAthletics.com
Talent: David Moulton & J. Webb Horton
Twitter Hashtags: #ASUNWBB/#FGCU/#PlayLikeAnEagle/#GogglesUp/#MaconMadness
Current Streak: W21
Last 20: 20-0 | Last 25: 23-2
vs. Stetson: 14th Meeting; FGCU leads 11-2; FGCU is 6-0 in the last six meetings with SU
Last Meeting: FGCU 72, Stetson 55 | Feb. 23, 2013 at Edmunds Center
Last A-Sun Tourney Meeting: FGCU 72, Stetson 55 | Mar. 3, 2012 in Macon, Ga.
Up Next With A Win: NCAA Tournament
FGCU Head Coach: Karl Smesko (Kent State ‘93) *2013 A-Sun Coach of the Year
Career Record: 349-81 (14th Season)
Record at FGCU: 288-54 (11th Season)
A-Sun Record: 100-12
A-Sun Tournament Record: 5-0
Head Coach: Lynn Bria (Charleston ‘90)
Career Record: 233-291 (18th Season)
Record at Stetson: 80-78 (5th Season)
A-Sun Record: 128-114
KAY YOW NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
After being a finalist for the 2011 award, FGCU’s KARL SMESKO was named the recipient of the 2012 Kay Yow Coach of the Year award on April 9, 2012. Smesko is the first FGCU head coach to earn a Division I National Coach of the Year honor
Smesko, who earned his third A-Sun Coach of the Year honor and was also named 2012 CollegeSportsMadness.com Mid-Major and A-Sun Coach of the Year, led FGCU to one of the most historic season in its Division I history, advancing to the NCAA Tournament and earning a No. 12 seed in the Raleigh Region. The Eagles finished with a 29-3 overall record that included a league-first 18-0 mark in the A-Sun.
The Kay Yow Award was established in 2010 to honor the Division I women’s head coach who embodies not only a winning spirit but who also displays great character both on and off the court.
Yow was a coaching legend who led NC State to 737 wins during her 34 seasons at the school. She was wildly successful in every forum in which she coached, leading gold medal winners at the 1981 World University Games, the 1986 Goodwill Games, 1986 World Championship Games and the 1988 Olympic Games.
2011 - Matt Bollant, Green Bay
2010 - Connie Yori, Nebraska
AT A GLANCE
Riding an overall 21-game winning streak and a league record 41-game A-Sun winning streak, that dates back to the 2011-12 season when they finished 18-0, the Eagles will look to continue their winning ways and capture back-to-back Atlantic Sun Tournament titles when they take on No. 2 Stetson on Mar. 9 at 5:30 pm in the A-Sun Tournament Championship game. The game will be televised by CSS with internet coverage on ESPN3 and ASun.TV outside of the CSS broadcast area.
If the No. 1 Eagles win the A-Sun Championship, the Green and Blue will earn the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
STARTING 5 QUICK HITS
#5 Sarah Hansen (F)
• 2013 A-Sun Scholar-Athlete and Player of the Year
• 1st in the A-Sun in points per game (16.6)
• Scored in double figures in 29 of the team’s 32 games
#00 DyTiesha Dunson (G)
• Shooting .828 from the charity stripe
• Averaging 19.1 minutes per contest
• Averaging 3.3 points
#21 Jaime Gluesing (G)
• Shooting .476 from the field and .462 from behind the arc
• 1st in the conference in 3-pt percentage
• Averaged 8.1 points in conference play
#24 Brittany Kennedy (G)
• Led the A-Sun in steals (2.9) during the regular season
• Led the team in assists in 23 of the 32 games she’s played in
• Dished career-high 12 assists at ETSU (Jan. 12)
#30 Joyce Iamstrong (G)
• Scored a career-high 23 points vs. KSU (Mar. 5; A-Sun Quarterfinals)
• Shot 9-of-9 from the field & 4-of-4 from behind the arc vs. UNF (Mar. 8)
• Averaging 11.4 points and 3.9 rebounds this season
LAST TIME OUT (March 6): FGCU Sets A-SUn Tourney Mark for 3’s in 73-44 Semifinal Win Over UNF
Joyce Iamstrong scored a game-high 22 points as the No. 1 seeded FGCU women’s basketball team knocked down an Atlantic Sun Tournament record 12 triples en route to a 73-44 win over No. 5 UNF in the semifinals held Friday afternoon at Hawkins Arena. • The Eagles, who have made at least one three-pointer in 229 consecutive contests and 341 of 342 games in program history, made a tournament record 12 triples on the day, led by four from Iamstrong. Lerrin Cook buried the triple that gave the Eagles the record (2nd half; 9:54). The Green and Blue previously drained 11 three-pointers in the 2012 semifinals and finals, while Jacksonville State made 11 treys in 2000 vs. Jacksonville. • With its 21st straight victory, FGCU improved to 27-5 overall, while the Ospreys finished 12-19 on the season. The 21 wins in a row tie a program Division I record for consecutive wins (21; during 2011-12 season). The Blue and Green have now won seven straight over UNF, including three this season. • Ranked No. 6 in the latest ESPN Mid-Major poll and receiving votes in the AP Top 25, the Green and Blue forced the Ospreys into 20 miscues, which led to 25 FGCU points off turnovers. North Florida’s 44 points mark the 19th time the Eagles, who led the conference in scoring defense during the regular season (52.5 ppg), have held an opponent to 55 points or fewer this season. • Iamstrong went a perfect 9-for-9 from the field to tie an A-Sun Championship record for field goal percentage. Iamstrong marked the second most attempts for the record only behind Georgia Southern’s Phylette Blake, who went 10-for-10 vs. Florida A&M in 1988. The senior also went a perfect 4-for-4 from behind the arc to tie an A-Sun Championship record for three-point percentage. Freshman Jaime Gluesing (Solon, Ohio/Solon HS) chipped in with 13 points and three assists. 2013 A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year Brittany Kennedy (Spokane, Wash./Lewis and Clark HS/Oregon State) recorded 12 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and three steals, while 2013 A-Sun Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane HS) finished with seven points, five boards, three steals and a pair of assists.
• The Hatters will get a rematch against FGCU in the championship finale on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. This marks the sixth championship rematch in A-Sun history.
• This marks the third-consecutive year the Hatters have advanced to the championship final. Stetson is the first team to make three straight since ETSU made it from 2008-10. Only five teams have made it to the championship three or more consecutive years in the history of the conference.
• The Hatters will make their fifth appearance in the A-Sun Championship Final as the Hatters have previously won three titles.
SARAH HANSEN has 1,414 career points and is two points from passing Adrianne McNally (1,415) on the FGCU all-time scoring list. When she passes McNally, Hansen will become the program’s all-time leading scorer in just three seasons.
The redshirt junior currently ranks 27th on the A-Sun career scoring list, behind Belmont’s Amber Rockwell (1,431; 2006-10).
After winning the Atlantic Sun regular season championship for the second straight season, the Eagles earned a few postseason honors from College Sports Madness and the Atlantic Sun Conference office.
SARAH HANSEN earned Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year and College Sports Madness A-Sun Player of the Year honors to go with her second consecutive first team All-Atlantic Sun selection and a CSM first team All-Atlantic Sun nod. BRITTANY KENNEDY took A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year, a first team All-Atlantic Sun selection and a CSM second team All-Conference honor.
Hansen and Kennedy were also named to the A-Sun’s Academic All-Conference team. The A-Sun also honored Hansen as the Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row to highlight the league’s Academic All-Conference team.
JAIME GLUESING snagged a spot on the A-Sun All-Freshmen team. Head Coach KARL SMESKO won his fourth A-Sun Coach of the Year award and his second consecutive CSM A-Sun Coach of the Year.
A-SUN TOURNEY HISTORY
Making their second A-Sun postseason appearance in their second year of postseason eligibility, the Eagles look to become the first team in Atlantic Sun history to win the Atlantic Sun Championship in their first two appearances.
FGCU is also looking to become the fifth program to win back-to-back A-Sun Tournament titles. Georgia Southern, FIU, Georgia State and ETSU are the only schools to win consecutive tournament championships.
CONFERENCE WINNING STREAKS
The Eagles have won 41 straight A-Sun games overall (including the conference tourney) and 36 consecutive regular season conference contests, which are both league records and are the 2nd longest conference winning streaks in the nation. Defending National Champion Baylor has won a nation’s-best 40 consecutive regular season league contests. The Lady Bears have also won 46 straight Big 12 games overall, a continuing league record.
FGCU’s last regular season A-Sun loss was at USC Upstate, 75-74, on Feb. 28, 2011.
WE’RE GOING STREAKING
After a tough 60-53 loss to UCF at Alico Arena, the Green and Blue have won 21 straight contests, which is the fourth longest winning streak in Division I (through games on Mar. 8). Defending National Champion Baylor owns the nation’s longest winning streak (27).
Notre Dame 23
Green Bay 20
The 21-game win streak is tied for the longest winning streak in the program’s Division I history (21; during the 2011-12).
The Eagles also own a 10-game home winning streak, which ranks t-14th in Division I (through games on Mar. 6) with Utah State.
PICKIN’ UP VOTES IN THE AP POLL
The FGCU women’s basketball team received two votes to rank tied for No. 37 in this week’s AP Top 25 that was released on Monday, Mar. 4.
This marks the second time this season that the Eagles have garnered a vote in the national poll. The Green and Blue, who rank second in the nation in three-pointers made per game (9.2), received one vote in last week’s poll (Feb. 25).
FGCU IN MARCH
• FGCU has an all-time record of 25-7 in games played in March.
• Since moving to Division I in 2007-08, the Eagles hold an 17-5 record in the month of March; 6-0 vs. A-Sun competition.
NEUTRAL SITE GAMES
Since moving to Division I in 2007-08, the Green and Blue have compiled a 16-5 record in neutral site contests. FGCU’s last neutral site loss came at the hands of the Gamecocks of South Carolina at the Paradise Jam (65-46; Nov. 23, 2012).
NINE CONSECUTIVE 21-WIN SEASONS
The Eagles secured their ninth-straight 21+ win season with a 89-38 victory at Lipscomb (Feb. 16). The Green and Blue now have 10 21+ win seasons in program history. The lone year that the Eagles failed to win 21 games was during the 2003-04 campaign, when FGCU went 18-8.
Over the last nine seasons, the Eagles have accumulated 240 wins and 45 losses.
4-TIME A-SUN REGULAR SEASON CHAMPS
FGCU captured the program’s third consecutive A-Sun Regular Season crown (fourth in the last five years) with their 72-55 win at Stetson (Feb. 23). The Eagles’ other three regular-season championships came in 2011-12, 2010-11 and 2008-09. FGCU finished last season 18-0 in conference play and 17-3 in both the 2010-11 and 2008-09 campaigns.
The Eagles have won 13+ A-Sun games in six straight seasons. FGCU is 100-12 in conference play over the last six years and has won 70 of their last 76 Atlantic Sun regular season games over the past four seasons.
With a 74-36 win over Kennesaw State on Mar. 2, the Eagles became the first team to go undefeated in A-Sun play in back-to-back seasons. FIU completed the feat twice as a member of the A-Sun (1992-93 & 1995-96).
The win also gave the Green and Blue 18 A-Sun wins on the year, which tied the 2009-10 ETSU & 2011-12 FGCU squads for the most conference victories in a season.
FGCU IN LATEST BRACKETOLOGY
With an RPI as low as 49 and a strength of schedule (SOS) as low as 170, the Eagles were predicted to be a No. 14 seed, playing No. 3 Tennessee (Knoxville Region), by ESPN.com’s Charlie Creme in his Mar. 4th Bracketology.
FGCU was also predicted as the No. 15 seed, playing No. 2 seed Kentucky in the NCAA Tourney in College Sports Madness’ Bracketology (updated on Mar. 4).
FGCU IN THE RPI
Outlet (Date) RPI Strength of Schedule (SOS)
NCAA (Mar. 4) 49 --
RPIRatings.com (Mar. 3) 49 --
Real Time (Mar. 8) 52 170
WarrenNolan.com (Mar. 8) 53 178
Head Coach KARL SMESKO and his Eagles hve enjoyed significant success in the Atlantic Sun since moving to Division I. FGCU, who owns a 100-12 all-time record in conference play, has won four regular season titles (2008-09, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13) and one conference tournament title (2012) since joining the league in 2007-08. FGCU is 53-3 in conference games since the 2010-11 season.
NOT JUST ANOTHER GAME
The matchup between Stetson and FGCU on Feb. 23 was another chapter in the short rivalry between the two A-Sun squads. The Green and Blue defeated SU, 72-55, secured the A-Sun Regular Season crown and No. 1 seed in the conference tournament and snapped Stetson’s 16-game home winning streak, which was the fifth longest home winning streak in the nation.
Over the last two years the matchup has become a true rivalry. The Eagles, who own an 11-2 lead in the all-time series, swept the season series with the Hatters last season and defeated Stetson, 67-39, in the 2012 A-Sun Tournament Championship. SU’s 39 points were the fewest in the Championship Final since 1991 (Miami 73, FAMU 44).
ONE TO REMEMBER
FGCU’s huge 97-60 win at ETSU was special for more than one reason. The obvious would be the team’s NCAA Division I record breaking 22 three-pointers, but there were also several other significant performances in the contest.
BETSY ADAMS scored her career-high and game-high 25 points in just 14 minutes on 9-of-14 shooting from the field and 7-of-12 from behind the arc. The seven makes from long distance from Adams rank her tied for fifth place in the FGCU record books. ANTHI CHTZIGIAKOUMI, in her first collegiate start, registered a career-high 15 points and four rebounds, while BRITTANY KENNEDY totaled seven points and two steals to go with a career-best 12 assists. Kennedy’s 12 dimes rank her t-2nd in program history with former teammate Courtney Chihil (12; vs. Indiana, Dec. 21, 2010).
CAPITAL 1 ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA 2ND TEAM
SARAH HANSEN was named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America women’s basketball second team (Feb. 21), as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Hansen is the first student-athlete in FGCU history to earn Capital One Academic All-American status. She is also the only basketball player, men’s or women’s, in the A-Sun Conference to earn the distinction this year. Previously in 2012, Hansen was honored as the A-Sun’s Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, named to the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA) Women’s Scholar-Athlete Team and earned DI-AAA ADA Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year to highlight the Scholar-Athlete Team.
New Mexico’s Caroline Durbin, Ashley Eide of South Dakota State, Amanda Hyde of IPFW, Akron’s Rachel Tecca and Alli Williams of Saint Francis (Pa.) join the Hansen on the Capital One Academic All-America Division I second team.
GETTIN’ LOVE FROM ESPN
In the ‘Weekly Wrap’ by ESPN’s Graham Hays (Dec. 30 & Jan. 27), the Eagles got some love for their 76-70 upset of LSU (Dec. 28) and their win over A-Sun rival Stetson (Jan. 26).
Here’s what Hays said:
SHE ALSO STARRED (Dec. 30)
Sarah Hansen, Florida Gulf Coast: This is why it isn’t easy for good mid-major programs to convince major programs to pay them visits. Florida Gulf Coast beat LSU 76-70 on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla., an upset at least as measured by name recognition. The leading scorer a season ago on a Florida Gulf Coast team that reached the NCAA tournament in its first season of eligibility, Hansen totaled 30 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals against LSU. The Eagles use the 3-point shot and are suffering for it this season (28 percent accuracy, compared to 37 percent a season ago), but Hansen is an all-around scorer who showed it in a win people will notice.
MAJOR SHOWDOWNS AMONG MID-MAJORS (Jan. 27)
It was a weekend full of conference showdowns in the mid-major ranks. Delaware got its win against Drexel to gain control in the CAA, but these teams also made the most of important games.
Florida Gulf Coast: It was a game between conference unbeatens, but it wasn’t close. Florida Gulf Coast beat Stetson 74-55 to improve to 9-0 in the Atlantic Sun. It’s the 10th win in a row for the Eagles in a run that began with a win against LSU, and all nine conference wins came by at least 10 points.
#6 IN THE ESPN MID-MAJOR TOP 10
The Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team picked up the No. 6 spot (for the second consecutive time in the poll) in the latest ESPN Mid-Major Rankings (Mar. 6). The rankings are based on the women’s basketball blog of ESPN’s Graham Hays.
Said ESPN of FGCU, “The Eagles have yet to play a game in 2013 decided by single digits, with only a January game against North Florida even competitive in the final minutes. Sure, that says something about the Atlantic Sun, but perhaps also about a team that had pieces to replace this season hitting its stride at the right time. For all her accomplishments on the floor (she’s the league’s leading scorer and averages 7.7 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game), Sarah Hansen’s most impressive feat is winning the Atlantic Sun’s scholar-athlete of the year award twice in her first three seasons.”
ESPN Mid-Major Top 10 (Mar. 6)
3. Green Bay
10. San Diego State
FGCU RANKED #11 IN MID-MAJOR POLL
The Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team dropped two spots into the No. 11 position in the 18th edition of the 2012-13 CollegeInsider.com Women’s Basketball Mid-Major Top 25 poll, announced on Tuesday, Mar. 5. The Eagles were ranked No. 9 in the Feb. 26 poll.
Delaware, ranked No. 18 in both the AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll, along with No. 21 Green Bay, Gonzaga, Princeton and Chattanooga hold the top five spots in the poll.
The Mid-Major Poll is made up of teams from the following conferences: America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Great West, Horizon, Independents, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Summit, Sun Belt and West Coast Conference.
The Eagles are the lone Atlantic Sun Conference team represented in this week’s poll.
MAKE IT UNCOMFORTABLE
FGCU is nationally known for their 3-point prowess, but one thing that gets overlooked when people talk about the Eagles is their defense. The Eagles lead the A-Sun conference in scoring defense, limiting opponents to 52.0 points per contest. In conference games, FGCU held the opposition to just 48.4 points per game.
On Dec. 31 at Kennesaw State the Green and Blue held the Owls to 35 points. Kennesaw’s 35 points are the fewest the Eagles have allowed to a Division I opponent since UNF (Jan. 7, 2012) and Belmont (Feb. 11, 2012) managed just 34 points against FGCU.
The Green and Blue have forced opponents into 15+ turnovers 27 times this season, highlighted by JU’s 30 turnovers on Feb. 2 at Swisher Gym.
DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS
In their last nine games, FGCU has held the opposition to just 49, 48, 38, 53, 55, 62, 36, 47 and 44 points, respectively. The Eagles, who lead the conference in scoring defense (52.0 ppg), have held opponents below 65 points 29 times this season, while also holding this year’s opposition below 55 points or fewer on 19 occasions.
WHEN PREPARATION MEETS OPPORTUNITY
After averaging just 1.3 points, 0.5 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 6.0 minutes of action as a junior transfer in 2011-12, JOYCE IAMSTRONG put in a lot of work on her game over the summer and is arguably the most improved player in the nation.
This season, Iamstrong is averaging 11.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 28.2 minutes. The Chicago, Ill., native is also shooting .793 from the charity stripe, .447 from the field and .385 from behind the arc, a drastic improvement from her first year in the Green and Blue.
BALL SO HARD
FGCU finished the regular season ranked first in the A-Sun in scoring offense (70.8), scoring defense (52.5), scoring margin (+18.3), free throw percentage (.749), field goal defense (.370), three-point field goal defense (.252), assists (15.7), steals (11.1), turnover margin (+7.47), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2) and three-point field goals made per game (9.2). In conference only games, FGCU ranked first in the A-Sun in scoring offense (74.1), scoring defense (48.4), scoring margin (+25.7), free throw percentage (.748), field goal percentage (.446), field goal percentage defense (.355), three-point percentage (.357), three-point field goal defense (.225), assists (16.1), steals (11.2), turnover margin (+9.67), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5) and three-point field goals made per game (10.2).
FGCU’S BIG 3
SARAH HANSEN, BRITTANY KENNEDY and JOYCE IAMSTRONG have combined to account for 53.6 percent (38.0 points per game) of FGCU’s scoring. The trio is also shooting .478 (424-of-887) from the floor and .326 (102-of-313) from long distance.
WELL DONE YOUNGSTER
JAIME GLUESING’s .462 three-point percentage would rank 5th in the nation if she averaged a minimum 2.0 treys made per game. (she averages 1.5 triples per game).
The freshman, who has scored in double figures in nine games, averaged 8.1 points and is shooting .490 from the field and .493 from behind the arc in A-Sun play. She’s hit a trey in 24 games this season and has multi-threes in 15 contests.
PROTECTING THE ROCK
Averaging 70.9 points per game (1st in the A-Sun), the Eagles lead the league with a +7.81 turnover margin. BRITTANY KENNEDY, who ranks 2nd in the A-Sun in assists (5.4), is second in the conference in assist/turnover ratio at 2.2. SARAH HANSEN has a 1.06 ratio, while ranking 13th in the league at 2.3 assists per game and JOYCE IAMSTRONG owns a 1.47 ratio and ranks sixth in the league at 2.8 assists per game.
SHAKE AND BAKE
Senior JOYCE IAMSTRONG and redshirt junior SARAH HANSEN give FGCU one of the top scoring tandems in the conference. The duo is averaging a combined 28.0 points, 11.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 3.8 steals per game.
A-Sun Top Scoring Tandems
McGowan/Sanders (Stetson) - 30.0 ppg
Bridges/Grant (Mercer) - 29.7 ppg
HANSEN/IAMSTRONG (FGCU) - 28.0 ppg
Alford/Sneed (JU) - 23.6 ppg
Copney/Starling (Upstate) - 23.3 ppg
• The duo has reached double figures in same game 16 times with FGCU going 15-1.
WE ARE FGCU
With a 18-0 record in A-Sun action, FGCU is one of 10 teams in the nation that are undefeated in conference play (Albany, Dayton, Baylor, Notre Dame, Delaware, Green Bay, Marist, Hampton, Quinnipiac; as of Mar. 8). Also, with a 27-5 overall record, the Eagles are one of 14 26+ win teams in the nation (thru games played on Mar. 8).
Out of the 13 Division I schools in the state of Florida, the Eagles (27-5) rank first for the most victories in the state (thru games played on Mar. 8).
Florida State (22-8)
PUT THE CLAMPS ON ‘EM
The Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and 2013 A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year BRITTANY KENNEDY has has a solid season on the defensive end. The Spokane, Wash. native averaged 2.4 steals per contest (60 steals; 25 games) as a redshirt junior in 2011-12 - good for first in program single-season history and third-best in the A-Sun - and should eclipse that total this year.
This season she has recorded 88 steals in 31 games (2.8 per game; 1st in A-Sun) and averages 5.1 rebounds a game. Kennedy ranked 36th in the nation in steals thru games played on Mar. 7.
Kennedy, known for her lock-down defense on opposing guards, held Jerica Coley, a 2012 Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention and the 2012 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year that averaged 23.4 points per game, to just nine points on 4-of-12 shooting in their matchup on Nov. 14. She also shutdown VT’s leading scorer Monet Tellier (12.9ppg) and held her to two points on 0-for-8 shooting from the floor (Dec. 16).
In two matchups with Kennesaw State’s third leading scorer, Ashley Holliday, Kennedy held her to five total points, two assists and 20 turnovers.
The Preseason Defensive Player of the Year played lock down defense on Upstate’s leading scorer Tee’Ara Copney (Jan. 14), who was averaging 13.3 points per game, and held her to just four points on 2-of-7 shooting and forced her into five turnovers in 34 minutes.
Against UNF in the A-Sun Semifinals (Mar. 8), JOYCE IAMSTRONG went a perfect 9-for-9 from the field to tie an A-Sun Championship record for field goal percentage. Iamstrong marked the second most attempts for the record only behind Georgia Southern’s Phylette Blake, who went 10-for-10 vs. Florida A&M in 1988. The senior also went a perfect 4-for-4 from behind the arc to tie an A-Sun Championship record for three-point percentage.
HANSEN’S BIG NIGHT
Against LSU on Dec. 28, SARAH HANSEN finished with a career-high and game-high 30 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field, 2-of-4 from long distance and a perfect 14-of-14 from the charity stripe.
Her performance marked the second 30-point performance in FGCU’s Division I history (11th all-time) and the first since Feb. 12, 2009 (Adrianne McNally vs. Kennesaw St.; 32 points). The FGCU single game scoring record of 38 points is held by Andrea Clarke (vs. Molloy College; Dec. 18, 2004).
Hansen’s perfect night from the free-throw line tied her for first place in the FGCU record books for percentage in a single-game and is the most free-throws made in a game without a miss.
1,000-POINT CLUB & 2ND ALL-TIME IN POINTS
SARAH HANSEN became the 6th player in program history to score 1,000 career points when she scored a layup with 12:59 remaining in the first half in FGCU’s 79-49 win over Maine at Alico Arena on Dec. 1.
Hansen, who currently has 1,414 points, ranks 2nd in the FGCU record books behind her former teammate Adrianne McNally (1,415).
Surrounding its opponents with a balanced scoring attack, FGCU has knocked down 296 threes this season compared to just 110 from their opponents. Led by BETSY ADAMS’ 2.0 trifectas per contest, 13 different players have made at least three shots from long range. The Eagles, who lead the conference in three-point field goals made per game (9.3), have three players (Adams, JOYCE IAMSTRONG & JAIME GLUESING) ranked in the A-Sun’s top-10 in the same category.
In the program’s 11-year history (342) games, FGCU has made at least one three-pointer in 341 contests, including 229 straight. The last and lone time the Eagles didn’t knock down a three was February 21, 2006 at Lynn. During the current 229-game run, the Green and Blue have knocked down 2,219 money balls while their opponents have knocked down 1,013 threes. In games that it has drained double-digit threes, FGCU is 130-8 all-time and 85-6 since moving to Division I in 2007-08.
A-SUN TOURNAMENT RECORD
The Eagles hit 12 three-pointers in their semifinal matchup with UNF (Mar. 8) to set a new A-Sun Championship record. JOYCE IAMSTRONG and JAIME GLUESING combined for seven from behind the arc.
LERRIN COOK Cook buried the triple that gave FGCU the record (2nd half; 9:54). The Green and Blue previously drained 11 three-pointers in the 2012 semifinals (Kennesaw State) and finals (Stetson), while Jacksonville State made 11 treys in 2000 vs. Jacksonville.
Less than 14 months after tying the all-time NCAA record and setting the 2011-12 NCAA single-game high 21 three-pointers on 51 long range attempts in their 106-27 over NAIA foe Webber International on Nov. 28, 2011 at Alico Arena, the FGCU women’s basketball team knocked down 22 triples in a 97-60 win at ETSU on Jan. 12, 2013. Prior to breaking the record, the Eagles were tied for first place all-time with New Mexico State, who drained 21 triples against Louisiana-Lafayette on Feb. 23, 2002.
The NCAA Division I record 22 three-point makes are also a program and Atlantic Sun Conference best, as FGCU made 10 treys in the first half and 12 in the second. The Green and Blue hit 12-of-23 (52.2 percent) triples in the final frame in which they outscored the Lady Bucs 46-35.
Freshman STEPHANIE HAAS made the shot that tied the record at the 6:44 mark of the second half and classmate AMANDA MOORE drilled a three-pointer with 1:48 left in the game that gave FGCU the all-time mark.
The NBA record is 23, which was set by the Houston Rockets (Feb. 5, 2013) and Orlando Magic (Jan. 13, 2009). The men’s Division I record is 28 - in 74 attempts - set by Troy on Dec. 10, 1994.
THREE IS THE KEY
• The Green and Blue are 26-4 on the year when they drain six or more shots from beyond the arc.
• FGCU is 25-4 this season when they knock down more three-point shots than their opponent.
With their 10 three-point makes at JU on Feb. 2, the Eagles eclipsed the 200 made triples mark this season. FGCU has recorded 200+ three-pointers in 10 of the last 11 seasons, including nine consecutive.
FGCU’s three-point prowess has been the program’s calling card from day one and the 2012-13 version of the Eagles is no different. Through games played on Mar. 7th, FGCU ranked second in the nation with an average of 9.2 threes per game. As a team, FGCU has drained double-digit threes in 13 games this season.
RANK TEAM 3-PT FG/GAME
1. Creighton 9.5
2. FGCU 9.2
UT Martin 9.1
4. Milwaukee 9.0
5. UConn 8.7
The Eagles, who own the A-Sun’s single season record for three-pointers (350; 2010-11), set a pair of NCAA records last season (2011-12).
FGCU, with their seven trifectas vs. St. Bonaventure in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (Mar. 18, 2012), set the NCAA record for three-pointers in a season (342) and three-pointers made per game (10.7).
FGCU’s 350 trifectas in 2010-11 weren’t a NCAA record because the Eagles were ineligible to set NCAA records due to the 4-year reclassifying period.